The Relic Master

The Relic Master

Audiobook CD - 2015 | Unabridged.
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The year is 1517. The place is the Holy Roman Empire. Meet Dismas, former Swiss mercenary and monk, now a prosperous dealer in holy relics. His clients use the relics to help them sell indulgences, the notorious get-out-of-Purgatory passes. But now indulgence sales have become so controversial that Martin Luther is about to nail his famous Ninety-Five Theses to the cathedral door, triggering the Protestant Reformation. Dismas is a good and honest fellow-at least as honest as any relic dealer can be. He is devoted to his "uncle" Frederick the Wise, ruler of Saxony, whom he supplies with everything from pieces of the True Cross to the hair of Saint Apollonia. He cordially detests his other principal client, the Archbishop of Mainz, a power-hungry collector who keeps pressing Dismas to supply him with the burial cloth of Christ. Dismas yearns to retire to a mountain hut in the Alps. When his nest egg is embezzled, he is left despondent. His best friend, the painter Albrecht Durer, deviously proposes that he make a burial cloth of Christ for Dismas to sell to the Archbishop. Their scheme triggers the harrowing, hilarious, and ultimately poignant quest that makes the Relic Master a pleasure to listen to.
Publisher: [New York City, NY] :, Simon & Schuster, Inc.,, 2015.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781442394483
Characteristics: 9 audio discs (11 hours) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
digital
audio file,CD audio
Additional Contributors: Langton, James - Narrator
Summary: The year is 1517. The place is the Holy Roman Empire. Meet Dismas, former Swiss mercenary and monk, now a prosperous dealer in holy relics. His clients use the relics to help them sell indulgences, the notorious get-out-of-Purgatory passes. But now indulgence sales have become so controversial that Martin Luther is about to nail his famous Ninety-Five Theses to the cathedral door, triggering the Protestant Reformation. Dismas is a good and honest fellow-at least as honest as any relic dealer can be. He is devoted to his "uncle" Frederick the Wise, ruler of Saxony, whom he supplies with everything from pieces of the True Cross to the hair of Saint Apollonia. He cordially detests his other principal client, the Archbishop of Mainz, a power-hungry collector who keeps pressing Dismas to supply him with the burial cloth of Christ. Dismas yearns to retire to a mountain hut in the Alps. When his nest egg is embezzled, he is left despondent. His best friend, the painter Albrecht Durer, deviously proposes that he make a burial cloth of Christ for Dismas to sell to the Archbishop. Their scheme triggers the harrowing, hilarious, and ultimately poignant quest that makes the Relic Master a pleasure to listen to.

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